VLIEGER, Simon de
(b. 1601, Rotterdam, d. 1653, Weesp)

Seascape in the Morning

Oil on panel, 37 x 58 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington

On the right of this painting a ship has been hauled onto dry land; a pot of tar stands on the fire, to be used in caulking.

Simon de Vlieger initially painted in a colourful, illustrative manner, but later, influenced by Jan Porcellis, he began to concentrate more and more on the atmospheric rendering of the sea, lakes, and rivers. This painting represents an intermediate state of his development; here he was interested both in the atmosphere and in the story.